We still sometime hear people say silly things like "libraries are dying institutions because of technology." We know this is ridiculous, but there's some hard data showing that libraries have been embraced by younger generations and are positioned to be alive and well.
A 2016 Pew Research Center study shows that millennials – that huge population of tech savvy digital natives for whom the Internet and its information hoard has always been present – are the MOST LIKELY American generation to use public libraries.
This tells us that libraries are already relevant and useful to this crucial, younger population. It is also a hopeful sign that as millennials become parents, they will bring their children to the libraries they are already using themselves.
August 1, 2017